The Australian Education Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DAVIES


LATE last year, a sur­vey of 380 Aus­tralian teach­ers by Aus­tralian Scholarships Group and the Aus­tralian Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tors dis­cov­ered 48 per cent were stressed in their cur­rent role, and al­most a fifth were con­sid­er­ing leav­ing the pro­fes­sion.

Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics data shows that more than half of peo­ple who have a teach­ing de­gree do not work in ed­u­ca­tion.

And while es­ti­mates of teacher at­tri­tion vary widely from State to State, about 40 per cent of new teach­ers quit within their first five years; cit­ing burn out, lack of sup­port, and frus­tra­tion.

It’s clear that teach­ers are suf­fer­ing from high lev­els of work­place stress lead­ing to poor phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

With this in mind, The Aus­tralian Ed­u­ca­tion Reporter con­ducted our own sur­vey of read­ers which in­cluded tac­tics, tips and tricks teach­ers can use to im­prove their health and well­be­ing.

We re­ceived re­sponses from more than 350 teach­ers, heads of depart­ment and prin­ci­pals from the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, and both pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across the coun­try.

Al­most 60 per cent of re­spon­dents rated their well­be­ing at work as a very av­er­age 3 out of 5.

Al­most 80 per cent cited high work­load as the main is­sue neg­a­tively im­pact­ing their well-be­ing at work, with long work­ing hours, high self-ex­pec­ta­tions, poor stu­dent en­gage­ment and a lack of ad­e­quate re­sources, fol­low­ing close be­hind.

When asked what kind of sup­port would most im­prove their well­be­ing at work, re­duced work­load came out on top, fol­lowed by a more pos­i­tive school cul­ture, bet­ter ac­cess to re­sources and more co-worker col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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